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Entertainment News: ‘Code Word: Geronimo’

San Diego Based IDW Publishes Book On Navy SEALS’ Raid

Above: "Code Word: Geronimo" comes out today from the San Diego based IDW Publishing.


Aired 9/6/11

IDW releases graphic narrative today about Navy SEALS raid on Osama bin Laden.


Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow is planning a film for release next October about the special forces and intelligence commandos hunting for Osama bin Laden. But today, the San Diego-based IDW Publishing releases "Code Word: Geronimo," a moment-by-moment graphic narrative about the clandestine raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.

Tom Waltz is a former Marine who fought in Desert Storm. So when someone suggested doing a story about the Navy SEALS involved in the mission to capture Osama bin Laden, he thought it would be a perfect graphic narrative for IDW to produce. As IDW's senior staff writer and editor, he then had to decide the best time for the book to hit stores.

TOM WALTZ: When is the time you need to get this out to folks and we all agreed that by September 11th. Or the week of September 11th, this being the tenth anniversary of 9/11. We wanted to have something that when it's on people's minds to look at this and then we'll have that opportunity to show this heroic story to the biggest audience.

So "Code Word Geronimo" was fast-tracked and delivered in an amazing 4 weeks. The account was written by retired Marine Corp Captain Dale Dye and his wife Dr. Julia Dye. Everyone involved made an effort to keep the story neutral and apolitical.

TOM WALTZ: But what we really endeavor to do was to take it from the grunt on the ground's perspective and show that they had a mission this is how they prepared for the mission, this is how they conducted the mission, how it was successful, and how they were able to return home. Captain Dye, through his many contacts within the military -- both through his military career and now his career as the military advisor to Hollywood -- has some inside information or insight that I think makes the story as reliable and accurate as it can be without actually knowing the true facts or being there. So Like I said we really tried to stick to the military aspect of the story avoiding any of the political discussion that go along with it because once you do that branches off in so many different directions I think you lose sight of the fact that this was a successful military raid.

In addition to the detailed chronology of events, the book also contains afterward material by John M. Del Vecchio. There's even an essay addressing the use of the name "Geronimo," in the hopes of answering concerns from Native Americans about the book's title.

Waltz says part of the proceeds from "Code Word: Geronimo" will go to charity, and he knows the book will most certainly be followed by many more media accounts of the mission. The book also reveals the continued and growing diversity of subjects covered in contemporary American comics.

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Avatar for user 'astrofan'

astrofan | September 6, 2011 at 9:48 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Just a coincidence that Bigelow's (an Obama supporter) film comes out right before the election. As you know October is a big release month for movies (insert "roll eyes" emoticon here.)

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | September 6, 2011 at 10:06 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Yes there has been quite a bit made about the timing of her release. But there may be more than just politics involved; that would also be the best time to market the film for maximum media coverage. Her film doesn't even have a name yet (at least last I checked) but it's already getting a ton of press in part because of when she's releasing it. So it may be both a business and political decision. She is a good filmmaker so I am at least looking forward to seeing what she does with the material.

Thanks for the comment.

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Missionaccomplished | September 8, 2011 at 11:02 a.m. ― 5 years, 6 months ago

Nevermind the title, does she even have a script yet? lol But Astrofan, my concern would be more with the publishing of a graphic novel. At what point do we start trivialize current affairs?

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